Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female pelvic organs.
The infection is most common in women who are 15-29 years of age.
Other things that may raise your risk are:
Women do not always have signs. If you have signs, they may be:
There is no test. The doctor will ask about your health. You will have a physical and pelvic exam.
You may have:
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The doctor will give you one or more antibiotics. Any male sex partners should also get treated. Do not have sex until you are both treated.
You may need to be in the hospital if you do not get better. A surgeon may need to remove tissue.
Follow these steps:
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Women's Health Matters
2015 STD treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/. Updated January 25, 2017. Accessed July 25, 2018.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)—CDC fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
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Updated July 10, 2017. Accessed July 25, 2018.
Pelvic inflammatory disease. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed... . Updated July 1, 2018. Accessed July 25, 2018.
Last reviewed May 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Kathleen A. Barry, MD
Last Updated: 7/25/2018
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